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Top Choice Monastery in Bayel

Abbaye de Clairvaux Monastery

Bernard de Clairvaux (1090–1153), nemesis of Abelard and preacher of the Second Crusade, founded this hugely influential Cistercian monastery in 1115. Since Napoléon's time, the complex has served as one of France's…
Museum in Bayel

Musée du Cristal

For insight into how crystal is made, visit the Musée du Cristal, where a 15-minute film highlights the different stages involved in crystal production. A new addition is the Atelier du Verre, with regular 45-minute…
French in Bayel

Le Cellier

For an atmospheric dinner beneath the impressive vaults of a Cistercian cellar, head across to Le Cellier in Bar-sur-Aube, a 7km drive north of Bayel via the D396. The food is classic French, simple as well-cooked f…